Relatively speaking in terms of the talent level of the superior teams of the NFL:
No RBs. No WRs. No OL. No secondary. No LBs. No defense. Yet the guy has the Colts at 8-4. In his rookie season. With practically no help. And you can't even blame the Colts' easy schedule for this sad fact (when I say sad, I mean the rest of the league, people who like me are not Colts fans). The Colts have played Chicago, Green Bay, Minnesota and Detroit from the NFC North, considered the best division in the NFL in preseason, and come away 2-2. They've also played the Jets, Miami, Buffalo and New England from the AFC East and gone 3-1. The only scheduling break that they've gotten was drawing Cleveland from the AFC North instead of Baltimore, Pittsburgh or Cincinnati. One of their 4 losses is actually to the worst team that they've played, Jacksonville! So it isn't the easy schedule.
He's thrown 3600 yards but he is more than just a stats guy. He is also not a guy who "just wins" despite his stats or his play. The guy is already thoroughly, totally dominant, one of the best players in the NFL. And he is a rookie. Right now, the guy is the MVP of the NFL. Not Peyton Manning, because the Broncos won a playoff game with Tim Tebow under center. Not Tom Brady, because he is surrounded with a great offensive team, which is also true of Matt Schaub, who has a great offense AND defense. And not Aaron Rodgers, because he has better players around him and his team lost to Andrew Luck! And not Matt Ryan, because he is throwing and handing off to 4 Pro Bowlers. Andrew Luck is the NFL MVP. As a rookie.
I can't recall ever seeing a mix of advanced skill, football intelligence, and athleticism since, well, ever. Roger Staubach and Fran Tarkenton were before my time, sorry. John Elway? I loved Elway but he didn't have Luck's accuracy at any time. Steve Young? Didn't do much until he was throwing to Jerry Rice and all those Hall of Famers in San Fran. Plus Luck may actually be a better athlete than Young in every area but arm strength. Joe Montana? Luck is taller, bigger, stronger and faster ... and with a stronger arm. That play that Luck made to win the game against the Detroit, where he scrambled and then pitch passed the game winning TD, is the type of play that we THOUGHT guys like Michael Vick, Kordell Stewart, Tim Tebow and Vince Young were going to make. The type of play that Brett Favre did make from time to time, but Favre made 3 times as many bad plays as he made good ones trying. Yet Luck is making them routinely, and the guy is a classic, pro style drop back QB!
Now I really like Robert Griffin III. What Russell Wilson is doing in Seattle really should make people stand up and notice. Ryan Tannehill has had his moments, as has Brandon Weeden. Andy Dalton is the real deal. Cam Newton has played a lot better this year than he has gotten credit for. The teams and their fans should be happy with what they have in those QBs. But Luck is absolutely, positively hands down better than them all, and at times looks better than several of them put together.
Are we looking at a Michael Jordan type player in the NFL? (Except without Jordan's selfishness and megalomania.) When this guy gets a team around him and some experience, how will he be stopped? I don't have an answer. He has two great young TEs to throw short and intermediate and checkdown passes to, and he has a great young WR in Hilton for big plays. Or are they great? Or is it Luck that is making them great? I don't know. I can't tell. Perhaps if Hilton were on any other team playing with any other QB - any other good QB - he'd be just another guy riding the bench waiting on the typical 2-3 year curve for WRs to adapt to the game to kick in instead of being a star already. Who knows. Luck may be just that good. But if Hilton actually is a legitimate talent, then that is just one more weapon at Luck's disposal for the next 12 years.
I am looking at Luck and thinking "wow, how is my team ever going to beat this guy when he is on, or even when he is merely above average by his standards." I get the feeling that my team and the teams of a lot of NFL fans are going to face nothing but frustration at Luck's hands for the next 15 years. Good for you Colts fans. For the rest of us ... not so much.